Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Portsmouth will be looking to make a flying start to the season when they welcome Shrewsbury Town at their Fratton Park. Portsmouth chiefs did well to strengthen the team’s defence in the summer transfer window, but several first-team regulars left the club. Even though the club owners made some changes to the squad, the Pompey are still seen as one of the main favourites to secure promotion to the Championship.
A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be John Marguis, who found the net in the EFL Cup win over Stevenage. The Shrews, on the other hand, aim to secure the League One survival. However, away win should not be considered as Sam Ricketts’ men experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-3 EFL Cup defeat to Middlesbrough. Anyhow, there is a big value in betting on the promotion-chasing side.
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Based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Shrewsbury Town are a professional club that play home games at New Meadow stadium, the venue which was opened in 2007 and has the capacity of 10,361. Shrewsbury Town were founded back in 1886, with some reports indicating the club was established at the Lion Hotel.
The Blues wear blue shirts with yellow stripe and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst the colour of their away kit is purple. Mickey Brown holds the club record for most appearances as he played 190 games for the club, scoring 9 goals in the league. Both Wolverhampton and Walsall are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals, but there have always been fireworks in matches between Shrewsbury Town and Hereford United as well.
The two teams face each other in the “A49 derby” and it has to be noted that the Blues have built rivalries with Chester City and Wrexham as well.